During the month of November 2018, Alene will be doing a series of livestream videos to boost cancer literacy among the public on the Facebook Cancer Harbors page. She’ll be talking every weekday during the month about different topics to help simplify the language around cancer. She will explain cancer-related topics to help people understand and participate in conversations about cancer without confusion.
Cancer is a feared and avoided topic but it is important to learn a few basic facts to avoid dangerous mistakes that come from the spread of misinformation. Each video contains information on why the topic is important to the viewer.
Among the topics covered will be:
- defining terminology around cancer (The Language of Cancer)
- how to support people who have cancer (at home, in the community, and in the workplace)
- the stages of cancer
- how cancer spreads in the body
- how to prepare for and cope with a cancer diagnosis
- types of treatment, and the role of complementary and integrative therapies in standard treatment
- correcting common misconceptions and why it’s important to have correct information
Cancer literacy is important for all people. According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in 2017, nearly thirty-eight percent of people may be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives, and nearly every person will be affected by this statistic secondarily as a family member, caregiver, friend, coworker, or other social relationship. It’s a topic that the public can no longer afford to avoid.
Improving health literacy and specifically cancer literacy helps people make informed decisions around cancer and may help them avoid making dangerous or even life-threatening mistakes with regard to cancer screening, detection, and treatment choices.
Cancer is a topic that sparks as much curiosity as it does fear. The video series is a way to reach people who may be afraid to ask questions of someone they know who has cancer, but wants to learn without being intrusive. The videos teach the viewer that it is possible to have more comfortable conversations about cancer.
The videos are a straightforward, practical approach to dispel myths and fears, building the viewer’s working knowledge of cancer for everyday situations and conversations. Alene discusses how to be less awkward in approaching someone with cancer, and how to avoid misleading information both online and in everyday social interactions.
The importance of early detection, seeking cancer treatment and medical advice only as directed by a licensed, board-certified oncologist, and scientific evidence-based information is emphasized throughout the series.
The entire series will be available on You Tube starting in early 2019. All of the videos can be viewed on Facebook at any time after the live presentation.
Viewers who follow or “like” the Cancer Harbors Facebook page will be able to receive notifications when the videos go live.
Alene Nitzky, Ph.D., RN, OCN is a certified oncology nurse and founder of Cancer Harbors. She develops programs in her community for cancer survivors and educates the public about cancer at every opportunity. She is author of Navigating the C: A Nurse Charts the Course for Cancer Survivorship Care.